Community Health Worker: Peer Recovery Support

Unity Health Care
Washington, DC
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 26, 2021
Full Time
INTRODUCTIONUnder the supervision of the Director of Social Services, the Community Health Worker: Peer Recovery Support assists peers who are enrolled in the medication assisted treatment (MAT) program with recovery from opioid use disorder, to fully engage or reengage in treatment and supportive services to improve their health and quality of life. Primary responsibilities include coordinating with the MAT team to identify individuals who could benefit from MAT services, building trust and informing patients about treatment options, assisting patients to enter MAT treatment and supportive services, and providing support until they are established in care.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSWorks collaboratively with Unity providers, mental health clinicians, and social service staff to identify patients with or at risk of opioid use disorder.Provides individual assistance to help patients not in treatment enter or reenter MAT program; provides support until they are fully engaged in care.Conducts outreach to the community through local organizations to inform them of Unity Health Care's programProvides home visits to engage or re-engage patients in care.Provides accurate information to clients about coping with addiction, treatment options, and how to access available services.Develops and maintains a professional working relationship with clients.Collaborates with Social Service staff to assist with case management needs related to addictions, mental illness, homelessness, domestic violence, family issues and on-going support.Accurately documents and locks all patient encounters in eClinical Works (eCW) and responds to messages, referrals, and telephone encounters within established time frames per electronic medical record policy.Participates in professional development opportunities.Attends departmental, health center, providers meetings and mandatory trainings and meetings.Performs other duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONS A' . High school diploma or equivalent or higher.KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION Minimum 2 years' experience work related to behavioral health and/or addictions. Minimum 2 years' experience as a community health worker or peer recovery specialist with diverse populations. Preferred: Active certification or waiver as a Peer Specialist or Recovery Coach through Department of Behavioral Health's Certified Peer Specialist training program. Knowledge of DC community resources and services; ability to determine client needs related to social services. Basic computer skills and the ability to type.SUPERVISORY CONTROLSThe Community Health Worker does not have direct reports. The position reports to the Social Services Director.Location: Unity Health Care A' . Social ServicesSchedule: Full Time, Days, 8:00am - 4:30pm